VIDEO: Big fire in Canada, people evacuate, state of emergency in Halifax

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Authorities in the Canadian city of Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia, have declared a state of emergency after a large forest fire caused a power outage, closed several schools, and ordered the evacuation of residents.

Extinguishing the forest fire and the work of the rescue services have been made difficult by strong winds and dry trees. Dozens of houses were damaged.

The western Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are experiencing an unusually warm spring this year. So far, several forest fires have broken out in both provinces, temporarily halting oil and gas production.

This month, authorities in Alberta declared a province-wide state of emergency due to a large fire that broke out there. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

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